School Details

Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School

9351 Paso Robles Avenue, Northridge, CA 91325
(818) 678-4100
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1592 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

63%
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55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
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52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
41%
50%
65%
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57%
58%
19%
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100%
78%
85%
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School is a public middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School is Blanca Hernandez, who can be contacted at beh7806@lausd.net. 1,592 children attend Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School and identify as Hispanic, Filipino, and Asian. 8% of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 72% of the 1,592 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School is 20:1. St. Nicholas School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • German
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 69% 73%
Filipino 6% 2%
Asian 6% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 15% 9%
Unspecified 1% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 646343%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.3%
Multiracial 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72% 75%
Limited English proficiency 8% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    This is my sons first year(6th grade) at Holmes and he has really excelled at this school. He's in the magnet program and yes lots of homework and projects but it's expected after all it is middle school. He does have an I.E.P and the RSP teacher is the best. Answers my email and returns calls in a timely manner. Teachers address your concerns and answer email rather quickly. My son could've gone to Portola but I chose this school because of the academics. He's very happy here. I'm hoping 7th grade will be just as good if not better.

  • (1 year ago)

    The Humanities Magnet program seems very good. The grading system is very confusing and complicated. It is easy for teachers and students to make mistakes and the teachers are not the ones to back down on this. (They will blame the students over their own mistakes.) . Middle school is a rough time for students; the school does not have any problems with bullies and the kids are pretty nice. I feel that the teachers are over worked and need teacher aides and a better grading system. Also a better student / parent support.system. They offer band and have a good PE program.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is amazing ! Im a 7th grader about to be an 8th grader because its summer (YAY) at Holmes in the SAS Honors Program ! This school is awesome I recommend for all kids of all races. This school is truly wonderful and so are the teachers just watch out for teachers like Mrs. Hirsh Mrs. Carr and Mrs. Yuen. They're great teachers (especially Mrs. Yuen) but they're EXTREMELY strict and can be just a little bit mean but you will only get them if you get into SAS Honors! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE ! AND TO MY FELLOW 8TH GRADERS I MISS YOU XD

  • (1 year ago)

    This school amazing! The teachers are great and they teach step by step throughout the year. My child is now in 8th grade and loved her experience as a 6th grader and 7th . The staff is completely helpful to you and to your child. And for the dress code there's only navy and white collar shirts you're allowed to wear. You obviously CAN wear jeans! My child wears jeans to school of course . Overall I think this a good school to send your child to!

  • (2 years ago)

    Love this school! My second child is in 7th grade and we chose Holmes based on the positive experiences we had when our first child attended. Best kept secret in the valley! Great teachers and an amazing new Principal!

  • (2 years ago)

    my children are in grade 6 in the SAS program. The school is perfect but the problem is some of the teachers. I heard that some teachers yell at the kids. Teachers also do not explain assignments or homework to do. Each class must be supervised so they do not have these problems. Otherwise the school is perfect and the programs they have are excellent. There are teachers that are excellent and love their jobs.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child is in 8th grade at Holmes and it's been a great experience overall. Some bullying in 6th grade but it's almost disappeared entirely by 8th grade. I don't know what the 1/23/12 poster is talking about. Jeans are a part of the written dress code; my child wears them every single day. Also her classmates participate in after school sports and teams. They have lockers but they don't use them for a reason. I'm sorry this child was bullied and left after one day but in my child's experience Holmes has been good about disciplining bullies. I've found that although they are urged to let teachers know about bullying many kids don't for fear of being labeled a "snitch."

  • (3 years ago)

    Just might possibly be the worst school ever. Scratch that it is DEFINITELY the worst school ever! I came from private school (big mistake) and only lasted a day until I was offered drugs bullied and yelled at by a teacher (profanities). I tried the next day and it was even worse. I had a kid in my HONORS ENGLISH class who literally knew NO english whatsoever. So my teacher translated to spanish. There were no sports teams after school activities or lockers. Not even books for everyone. There are just about a million kids who are all mean. I have no trouble making friends but people were SO mean! The food was horrid and you can't wear jeans! (?????) I ended up crying and going back to my school that I am so happy to have. PLEASE DO NOT send your kids here!

  • (3 years ago)

    I am digusted with the treatment of my child! This is my third child to go through this school. Last year my daughter had the best English teacher and the best Algebra teacher. I was hoping that my youngest would have the same experience. Instead his 7th grade year has been disappointing and traumatizing! Some crazy woman who is allowed to insult and belittle the students has taken over the honor English and my sons math class has been changed three times! There are hardly any electives or activities. Although my other two children had great experiences at Holmes...this year leaves a lot to be desired.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son came here in the 7th grade and is now an 8th grader. With the expception of 1 teacher last year his teachers have been awesome! Especially this year. He is in 2 honors classes and the rest of his classes he has excelled in. He also is involved in the after school sports programs and loves them as well. His councilor is great and very on top of it.

  • (3 years ago)

    Horrible school. Have taken my children out. Rude unresponsive admin staff and terrible teachers who think nothing of yelling or grabbing the children.

  • (3 years ago)

    I was a 6th grader at this school for 2010-2011. This school is a very strict school. Most teachers violently scream at the students. The attendance office staff are rude and disrespectful to students and parents. Although some of the other staff and teachers treat kids nicely. This school thinks that they are doing the right thing but in reality they are disrespecting the students! also teachers will asume you did everything bad and you did the the bad things. i suggest DO NOT take your children to this school. And this is out of my own expirience.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a 6th grader at Holmes Middle School and i am here to tell you something from the inside. Students talk about inapprobriate things. They also use foul language. If you believed what they said you would not want your children to attend. As a 6th grader i hear a lot of things and to tell truth it was gross! The teacher do not support children and they yell at them. They are aggresively strict. if your child didn't even do anything the teachers would find a way to blame it on them. I am telling you for your own good. That's what I think of MY school. Also the P.E teachers are really strict too. I once took a long time changing and one of the teachers threatened to keep me after schoool to sweep. I am a girl. In conclusion send your kids to a different school 2011

  • (3 years ago)

    If your child is going into 8th Grade and needs RSP watch out - the RSP teacher is terrible. And they have yet another new principal - the current one didn't even stay 3 years but is apparently moving to VRHS #4. I am an involved parent but am so glad to be out of there!

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter attends this school is in the 6th grade SAS portion of the student body. So far so good. She has made new friends and has kept in touch with her grade school ones as well. The teacher's that she currently has have been very supportive and she is very happy. I will not tolerate bullying or ineffective teachers. If you are involved you will receive what you need. Do not be a complacent parent. Get involved with activities and participate in all fundraisers.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a student at Holmes MS. I have been tormented by a few classmates and other kids in the school who I have never met before. Some teachers use profanity in the classrooms. Though the SAS Program is excellent when it comes to academics some teachers are inexperience and the curriculum seems to difficult for them to handle themselves. The Magnet Program in good as well but they offer the same curriculum as the Regular students. The teachers should be more aware to what's happening outside of the classrooms too as well as the inside.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am currently attending this school as a sixth grader for the fall semester.I have been attending this school for 4 months I am in the SAS program and it is wonderful.This school is a great school but there are problems with some of the SAS teachers that I have. My English and History teacher (I will not mention a name) uses bad language around the classes and constantly tells us that we are more stupid then her other class.Now my Math and Science teacher she throws pencils out of the classroom from across the room if she hears you playing with it and tells us that we are always behind her advisory class. Now my P.E teacher is great! And my old elective teacher was funny!( but still kept the class under control) But my other teachers including my current elective teacher tells us that they always talk about us and say how horrible we are and say our names. Now I'm not saying you child should not attend this school I'm saying is that there are some problems with the teachers in the SAS program but besides all of that the school is great! =3

  • (4 years ago)

    i this school !! i only been here for a month and love it ! tho some of the kids are very mean and talk behind your back . i have 5 teachers ! and its wonderful ! im not one of thoses kids with 4 teachers and its boring ! its exciting ! I have Mrs.Arellano Mr green Mr Smith Mrs Zagnoli and Mr Burk and they are WONDERFUL ))

  • (4 years ago)

    i just graduated this wonderful school as the class of 2010 royals and for every parent that sends there kid to this school it well make your kid happy and the parent happy because your kids grades well go up these school has the best teachers and wonderful staff members that well help you at any time you need them

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter attends the magnet program at Holmes. It is great!!!! She is challenged every day and the teachers are awesome. Great parent/teacher communication! If I ever have any question or concearns her teachers will be there at my first request! She is being taught not only the core education skills but morals as well! She has grown so much since starting at Holmes in the 6th grade. Coming from a private school I couldn't have made a better choice!

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